Keshi May Recal Osaze, Ik Uche

Latest report says Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi may recall players such as Peter Osaze Odemwingie, Taye Taiwo and Ikechukwu Uche to the team’s camp ahead of Brazil 2014 World Cup.
In a report published by supersport.com on Friday, 22 November, 2013, Keshi was quoted that he could recall the players to the national team. Keshi stunned many by leaving out Osaze and other experienced stars from his 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and received a backlash from many who felt he was treading on thin ice.
He was eventually justified in his selections as Nigeria romped to a third Afcon success with a relatively inexperienced squad.
The “Big Boss” as Keshi is fondly called has now revealed that he has not shut the door completely on any individual as he begins preparations for the World Cup.
“Contrary to what some people think, I have not shut the door on players like Osaze (Peter Odemwingie), Ike Uche and even Taiye Taiwo. They are Nigerians and are eligible to play for the Super Eagles at all times”, Keshi exclusively told supersport.com.
The gaffer however stated that they will only get a look in if they “prove themselves.”
“When I was in the national team, nobody had an automatic shirt. I was the captain but I did not play in all the games.
“Everyday in training, it was war. We fought and sweated to show the coaches that we were worthy of the shirt. That is the norm now as well,” he said.
Also, Keshi is casting his net far afield and will not mind blooding several uncapped players as he looks to build a squad that will punch above their weight in Brazil.
Names such as Kenneth “Kenny” Otigba and Sammy Ameobi readily prop up following their scintillating displays for Heerenveen and Newcastle United respectively.
Keshi however insists players of such ilk will only be allowed to sneak in if they prove they are better than the ones currently in the squad.
“To be honest, I don’t know much about Otigba but we have a good scouting network that will enable me look at all players eligible to play for Nigeria.
“I have not selected my team for the World Cup. No one has a guaranteed shirt and we will keep working until we know the 23 players that will go to Brazil,” he said.


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